Solving problems people food’s needs. An article about the System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

I just want to share this article published in the International Herald Tribune on June 18:

A professor’s food revolution starts with rice
By William J. Broad

ITHACA, New York: Many a professor dreams of revolution. But Norman Uphoff, working in a leafy corner of the Cornell University campus, is leading an inconspicuous one centered on solving the global food crisis. The secret, he says, is a new way of growing rice.

Rejecting old customs as well as the modern reliance on genetic engineering, Uphoff, 67, an emeritus professor of government and international agriculture with a trim white beard and a tidy office, advocates a management revolt.

Harvests typically double, he says, if farmers plant early, give seedlings more room to grow and stop flooding fields. That cuts water and seed costs while promoting root and leaf growth.

The method, called the System of Rice Intensification, or SRI, emphasizes the quality of individual plants over the quantity. It applies a less-is-more ethic to rice cultivation.

Read the complete article here: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/18/business/rice.php?page=1

More information about SRI you can visit: http://ciifad.cornell.edu/sri/

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